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Purple gentian

Gentiana purpurea


The Purple gentian resembles its cousin the Yellow gentian with which it can hybridize, but is less tall (up to 50 cm - 20 in). It grows mainly in the Swiss Alps, and can be found up up to 2700 m high (9000 ft).


Alpine meadow, alt. 2000 m.


As for the yellow gentian, the rhizome and roots of this plant contain bitter compounds, and have been traditionally used as herbal medicine and to prepare specialty liqueur. The yellow gentian can be seen here:

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Looks unreal Great picture

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Valais - Wallis, Switzerland

Spotted on Jul 26, 2013
Submitted on Nov 17, 2013

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